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IT research boost in Stavanger

Industrial group Lyse pledges support for information technology research at UiS to the tune of 30 million NOK over eight years. The funds will contribute to a long-term boost of IT competence in the Stavanger region.

Lyse CEO Eimund Nygaard and UiS rector Marit Boyesen signing the agreement Lyse CEO Eimund Nygaard and UiS rector Marit Boyesen signing the agreement to boost information technology (ICT) research.

The University of Stavanger aims to provide internationally recognized research in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). Specifically, UiS wants to combine high-quality research is with applied IT solutions to relevant problems.

A new agreement has been signed between the university and Lyse, a Norwegian industrial group operating within the fields of energy and fibre-based broadband.

Lyse wishes to support the university’s ambitions in computer technology financially.

Close collaboration
«This agreement is of great value to us. Our work with big data, smart technology and sustainable energy will receive a considerable boost» says Per Ramvi, special adviser at the research and innovation department at UiS.

The agreement is set to create a close, interdisciplinary cooperation between UiS, IRIS and Prekubator Technology Transfer Office (TTO), as well as other partners in the Stavanger region.

Smart and sustainable
The agreement focuses on two main areas:

  • Smart cities, digital services and welfare technology
  • Sustainable smart energy

The first area is about building competence among other developing smart infrastructure for tomorrow's cities. The second is about finding sustainable solutions for energy consumption and energy efficiency.

IT security
The programme also involves the construction of a new computer lab for handling large amounts of data, as well as developing relevant security mechanisms and data analysis.

The money will be used for:

  • competence-building and recruitment in relevant areas
  • contribution to infrastructure, computer labs and test facilities
  • financing of and participation in major research Research Council and EU projects

New skills
The agreement was signed on January 23 by Eimund Nygaard, CEO of Lyse, and Marit Boyesen, rector of the University of Stavanger.

«We think it is important that the region has a good university which is able to create new skills to meet the challenges of the coming years. We are pleased and proud to support UiS in this way» said Nygaard at the signing event.  

Commitment
Rector Marit Boyesen expressed gratitude on behalf of the university.

«This secures a long-term in commitment to ICT research and strengthens our ability to compete for further funding through the Norwegian Research Council and the EU» said Boyesen.

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